a month agoChelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Willian is wanted by Juventus.The Telegraph say the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with the Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31-year-old striker moved to Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi. During his time with Chelsea, Willian has played 203 matches in the Premier League and scored 28 goals. last_img read more

NGO Calls On Maersk to Become True Leader for Safe Recycling

first_imgImage Courtesy: MaerskAfter the Danish shipping company Maersk admitted to duplicity in vessel recycling, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director Patrizia Heidegger has called on “the world’s leading ship owner to become a true leader for clean and safe ship recycling.”In order to do so, Heidegger said that the company should opt for “investing in and working with modern ship recycling yards off the beach that can guarantee the highest standard of environmental protection, hazardous waste treatment and occupational health and safety for workers.”She explained that, by practicing duplicity in vessel recycling, Maersk “created strong financial incentives for their business partners to scrap old ships in the beaching yards of Bangladesh and India.”“Maersk sorted out its fleet by selling older vessels to other ship owners, chartered the ships back immediately to keep them in their fleet as long as convenient – and then motivated the other owners do the dirty job,” according to Heidegger.Maersk earlier admitted that its own contracts from divestments “have not always guaranteed the intention” of the company’s recycling policy.The ship owner has thus tightened its procedures and contract requirements while also realizing that the solution “does not lie with clever contracts and that it may take a long time for a global agreement to become effective,” according to Annette Stube, Head of Maersk Group Sustainability.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Akshay defeated by woman officer in mock fight

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the release of his film “Kesari”, actor Akshay Kumar visited a BSF camp and performed a mock fight with a woman officer here. Akshay on Tuesday took to Instagram and shared a video in which he can be seen engaged in a mock fight with a woman officer. The actor started the fight with some clever tricks but was quickly pinned to the ground by the officer. Appreciating the officer’s stint, Akshay wrote: “Woman strong, mother strong, sister strong, then country strong.” Akshay also posted a video in which he can be seen performing fake kickboxing with another woman officer. “Always treat to meet the jawans from BSF India. Their training, passion and enthusiasm is top-notch, always a learning experience,” Akshay captioned the video. “Kesari” is based on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi, in which 21 Sikh soldiers of the British army fought 10,000 Afghan invaders. Directed by Anurag Singh, the film also stars actress Parineeti Chopra. It is due to release on Thursday.last_img read more

More than 90000 cases disposed in 104 days

first_imgNew Delhi: In order to reduce pendency of cases, Delhi Police in four months (till april 14th) disposed of 93,764 pending cases. Sources said that Delhi Police Commissioner himself monitors the disposal and in several crime review meetings he reviewed the pendency of cases.Police sources told Millennium Post that from January 1 to March 30 as many as 77,994 cases were disposed off whereas 15,770 cases were disposed from April 1 to April 14. One of the districts disposed of 7,021 cases whereas four districts separately disposed of more than 6,000 cases. Three districts separately solved over 5,000 cases. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources said that in September last year, in a bid to clear the massive backlog of pending cases, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a crime review meeting with deputy commissioners (DCPs) of all districts and units of Delhi Police, directed them to expedite the process with proper investigation. Sources added that Joint commissioners and Deputy commissioners will be able to keep tabs on the probe undertaken by investigating officers (IO) in all cases pending for more than a couple of years. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further said that till the start of New Year, as many as 1,02,094 cases were pending whereas 92306 cases added this year. Another meeting related to the disposal of cases took place this year. Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Special Commissioner of Police rank officer. “The discussions were held on pending complaints of VIP references from Public Grievances Commission (PGC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), NHRC, Listening Post of Lieutenant Governor,” said sources adding that the pendency of the complaints was till February 5. In another meeting to review the redressal of grievances received through Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), Delhi Police was told that there should be sustained efforts at the police station level to build up trust among citizens of Delhi.last_img read more

Buckeyes seeking lucky No 7

Six years ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes were at the end of arguably their most disappointing season under coach Jim Tressel. Heading into the last week of the regular season, the Buckeyes were 6-4 and looking ahead to what would be the first non-January bowl game of the Tressel era. Then one game changed the outlook of not only the entire season, but also the entire OSU football program. On Nov. 20, 2004, the Buckeyes stunned the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium behind 391 yards of total offense from quarterback Troy Smith. In one game, the Buckeyes went from a disappointing team that lacked an identity to a team with a quarterback of the future who provided them with just that. It was also the start of a streak of domination in the rivalry for the Buckeyes, who have won six straight contests against the Wolverines, outscoring them 181-101 in that stretch. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is hopeful that a win Saturday against the Buckeyes will provide a similar reversal of fortunes for the Wolverines. “It’d mean an awful lot, certainly for our fans and for our university, but more importantly for our seniors and our players because they haven’t had the chance to win that,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve got to perform better and get some wins to make us feel better and make our fans feel better.” In his first two seasons as Michigan’s coach, Rodriguez’s teams have lost 42-7 and 21-10 to the Buckeyes. This year’s Wolverine team is the most formidable — at least offensively — that Rodriguez will bring into “The Game.” Unlike Rodriguez’s first two seasons, Michigan’s offensive personnel now fit its spread scheme. The Wolverines have found success behind dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson, an early-season Heisman candidate who fell out of contention because of injuries and a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season. Robinson has rushed for 1,538 yards and 14 touchdowns and has thrown for 2,229 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the Wolverines to a 7-4 record that will land them in their first bowl game under Rodriguez. Tressel said Robinson’s ability to both run and throw the ball makes him difficult to prepare for. “It’s impossible to simulate him because there’s no one like him,” Tressel said. “It’s a tremendous challenge because it gives you all of the problems that a Wildcat offense gives you with a great running back back there. But along with it, it has all of the passing problems.” Robinson has played a critical role in Michigan’s offense, which is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing, with 257.4 yards per game, and 15th in the nation in points scored, with 36.8 points per game. Michigan’s defense has failed to find the same success that its offense has, as it is ranked 99th in the country in scoring, giving up 33.5 points per game. Despite the statistics, Robinson said he hasn’t lost confidence in his team’s defense. “I think our defense is one of the best defenses in the nation,” Robinson said. “I don’t care what nobody say. We play against them every day, and they help us get better.” Tressel agreed that the statistics don’t necessarily tell the tale of the Michigan defense. “They’ve given up too many big plays, but the thing I love about them is I see them flying around and I see a lot of young guys who aren’t young anymore,” Tressel said. The longest streak in the rivalry thus far came from 1901-1909, when the Wolverines got the better of the Buckeyes for nine straight years. A win on Saturday would move OSU two games away from matching that streak. “There’s been pressure every year. It’s something that comes with it,” OSU wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Nobody wants to be the team that breaks the streak.” With a share of the Big Ten title and a potential sixth straight trip to a BCS bowl game still within grasp, the Buckeyes have more than just pride to play for. OSU defensive end Cameron Heyward said the Buckeyes understand the high stakes. “A lot. A share of the Big Ten title and our biggest rival,” Heyward said. “Michigan is always going to play their best against us. We wouldn’t have it any other way to go out against a quality opponent. It’ll be a rough one, but we’re ready for it.” Regardless of bowl game implications, the Buckeyes remain focused on extending their winning streak over the Wolverines to a lucky No. 7. “The Ohio State-Michigan game is the focus,” Tressel said. “There are tons of by-products for everybody, but the single most one everyone knows that’s ever coached or played at Ohio State is that you’re defined by your Ohio State-Michigan games.” read more

Blessing in disguise produces Will Lauricellas passion success

Before his fateful back injury, if you had asked New Jersey native and high school quarterback Will Lauricella where he’d be in two years, he wouldn’t have told you he’d be a javelin thrower on the track and field team at Ohio State. When faced with a stress fracture in his lower vertebrae, Lauricella made a life-changing decision. “I decided for my safety not to do football anymore and all my friends were doing track and field so I decided to go out for the team with them,” Lauricella said. “I fell in love with it.” Lauricella made the choice and hasn’t looked back. The freshman placed first at four consecutive meets before finally meeting his match at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 29. Lauricella decided to look at the positive side of the losing performance. “The Drake Relays was the biggest learning experience of my life for my javelin career,” he said. “I learned that, to be successful in the javelin in a college career, you just really have to be consistent and throw your marks.” Consistency has defined Lauricella’s performance this season. In all five outings, he’s thrown more than 60 meters. Sophomore teammate Aaron Roberts is impressed with what’s he’s seen from Lauricella. “Obviously, he’s off to a great start to his career,” Roberts said. “He won his first three or four meets and that’s really awesome. … For a freshman to come in and really help us out like that is a huge benefit for our team, and he’s set himself up for a great four years here.” When Lauricella arrived, there was much discussion that he may be redshirted. However, Lauricella’s throws impressed his coach so much that they decided to start him as a true freshman. “We were going to redshirt him, but he was looking so good in practice we decided, ‘Let’s just throw him in,’” coach Robert Gary said. Even Lauricella wasn’t entirely sure he was ready to face top collegiate competition. “We were talking about redshirting at first,” Lauricella said. “I only have a couple years under my belt of this, but the fact that I have such a good chance to even win Big Tens or score high is just great so far. I never thought I’d be at this point.” Gary was confident Lauricella was ready to perform. “We just thought, ‘Let’s not waste it; let’s let him go,’” Gary said. Going into the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Lauricella is ranked fourth among Big Ten javelin throwers. But his sights are set on taking first place this weekend. “I’m hoping for one to three, but I really think if I throw my best and the competition throws the way they’ve been throwing, I should be shooting for one or two,” Lauricella said. But no matter where he places, Lauricella said he’s happy with his first season at OSU. “I would say being injury-free and winning my first couple meets in college was the most rewarding part,” he said. “I never would have thought that I could come in and be so successful.” In his first season, Lauricella planted firm roots within the track and field program. He’s developed a unique bond with his coaches, and Gary likes to give his thrower a hard time. “I call him ‘Jersey Shore’ guy,” Gary said. “You know, always tan, hair always looks good.” When Lauricella’s father posted his son’s nickname as “Will the thrill,” Gary had to poke fun. “Everyone keeps giving me a lot of stuff for this nickname,” Lauricella said. “To be honest, it’s really not my nickname. My dad put it up there and coach Gary found it, and they’ve been calling me it since. … They like to make fun of me for it, but I’m starting to embrace it.” In his time at OSU, Lauricella’s performance has surprised even himself. Always a hard worker, Lauricella said he knows he has had help along the way. “I really have to thank my high school coach and the professional help I got during high school also,” he said, “but none of this would have been possible without coach (Kevin) Mannon and everything that he’s taught me since I got to Ohio State.” Lauricella is still learning, and feels his best is still to come. Although he’s a long way from New Jersey, Lauricella says he feels at home at OSU. “It’s absolutely a whole different world,” he said. “I’m used to only seeing populated areas. It’s very nice. It’s very laid-back. It’s much more lax. Everyone’s a lot nicer out here … no complaints about it. I’m very happy where I’m at.” read more

Haiti swears in new President Trump officials there

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHaiti, February 7, 2017 – Haiti TODAY swears in a new President; 45 year old Jovenel Moise and his Administration begin work officially now.  It is to be an elaborate ceremony, costing around $1 million which is a paltry sum compared to previous ceremonies.  Among the guests is a Trump Delegation from the US.The Turks and Caicos will not have a delegation at the event, says Border Control Minister Sean Astwood.  Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that attending on behalf of our country is resident Ambassador to Haiti, His Excellency, Captain Godfrey Rolle.#MagneticMediaNews #HaitiswearsinnewPresident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HaitiswearsinnewPresident, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

United boss Solskjaer plans to learn more about Red Devils players

first_imgManchester United will challenge Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to use the match to learn more about his players.Reds Devils will be clashing with third-placed Spurs in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium in today and United coach adds that his team are capable of beating anyone.“Of course it will be tough but, then again, we can make it tough for them,” said Ole, when speaking to MUTV during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They [Spurs] have got strengths and weaknesses, as have we, so it’s one of those games that we’ll need, and the cup game against Arsenal, before we go into the Champions League against PSG because that’s the ultimate test.”So, for me, the Spurs game isn’t the be all and end all. Of course it’s important, but it’s preparation for the rest of the season and the way going forward. We’ve won five games and you learn so much by winning but, when you get these tougher games, then you learn more about the personalities and how they deal with these situations.“last_img read more

OBITUARY Shirley Jean Nutt Nolan 72

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan, age 72, of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2019 at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.Shirley was born on June 16, 1946 in Arlington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Ellen V. (Trombley) Nutt.Shirley married her “sweetheart” Robert Nolan over 50 years ago; the couple lived in Wilmington before moving to Tewksbury. Shirley loved her home and she took pride in raising her children Keith and Dawn-Marie. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother; she was the “glue” of the family and she cherished all the great times they had together.After Shirley’s children went to school, she went to work as an administrative assistant. Shirley loved her job; she was a “jack of all trades”; her endearing personality and great people skills made her a favorite among her co-workers as well as her customers. Shirley retired from Dell several years ago to take a position as a full time “Nana,” for her only granddaughter Makayla Jean; this was her most favorite job.Shirley will be remembered as a simple yet strong lady; she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.Shirley was the beloved wife of 50 years of Robert J. Nolan, devoted mother of Keith W. Nolan and Dawn-Marie Nolan, loving “Nana” of Makayla Jean Nolan all of Tewksbury, dear sister of Dorothy Alcott and her late husband Joe of CT, Trudy Ann Wade & her husband Frank of Milford, NH and the late Cynthia Wilson, sister-in-law of William Nolan of Wilmington. Shirley is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Shirley’s name may be made to Philanthropy Office, Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joan Forte-Jack, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”last_img read more

RBS initiates closure of branches to shut India banking business by yearend

first_imgConfirming reports that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Plc would choose to wind up its India banking operations over seeking other exit options, the bank in statement on Monday announced it was closing down its corporate, retail and the institutional businesses in the country.”After examining a number of options for our banking business in India, we decided to wind down our corporate, institutional and retail banking businesses in India,” said RBS. It added that the bank will shut down all its 10 retail branches in India in a phased manner.Earlier in 2016, the bank had initiated its corporate and institutional businesses exit and also sold its onshore loans portfolio. Its offshore loan book and private banking business were sold last year, reported Mint.The Financial Times on April 12 reported that RBS’ decision to wind up was based on the country’s stringent regulations on acquisition of banking businesses within the country. “You are in limbo. Every day, the value is eroding until it becomes cheaper just to close down the operation,” a senior executive complained on India’s lengthy process for acquiring/selling banking entities.However, in a statement to Reuters, its chief executive Ross McEwan had said the decision to close its India business was a part of its overall global plan to sell or shut businesses in two-thirds of the countries it operates in. The company wanted to bring down operations to 13 countries from the existing 38. The bank had also held that it was not feasible for it to sell its India businesses in its entirety and that it would consider sale of individual parts, if not an outright winding up.Shuttering RBS’ banking operation will mean a loss of 700 jobs, according to FT. However, it added that RBS’ 13,000-strong back-end employees supporting global operations would continue to exist in India.RBS said in Monday’s statement: “We are committed to provide our employees with a range of support and will ensure that they are treated in a fair and transparent manner in line with RBS’ principles and local policies.”last_img read more

Prince Williams Shocking confession on growing up as a Prince

first_imgPrince William and Kate Middleton.Getty imagesPrince William opened up about the expectations of being a Royal and the pressures he had to face growing up as one. Prince William seems to have grown in his role as the second-in-line to the throne, but that wasn’t always the case it seems.It is known that William met Sacha Hashim while they were volunteering together with Raleigh International in Chile. The prince spent several months working on community projects in the South American country during his gap year.During his months volunteering, William reportedly told Ms. Hashim: “I wish I could be normal,” according to The Scotsman. As a Royal, Prince William had to grow up in the limelight, his every move being scrutinised. This confession is even more heartbreaking as it comes from him in his youth. The future Duke of Cambridge also told Ms. Hashim he would love to go clubbing like everyone else, but that his bodyguards made it impossible.  Prince William and Prince HarryGetty ImagesBut even as an adult he seems to reflect the same sentiments. Prince William and Kate Middleton are Royal couple goals. But they have managed to give their children a modicum of normalcy it seems, or at least they have tried to. Reportedly Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, released images of their young family at the Chelsea Flower Show. Royal photographer Ian Lloyd has claimed the pair will be “desperate” for press attention in the future. He told Sky News: “I think they have to remember in 20-years time when they are in their late 40’s or early 50’s or whatever it is, they will desperate for the press coverage, because the press coverage will have moved on to other people, that is what happens.Well, we have to say, until then Prince William and Kate Middleton can give their children the privacy they deserve. You can check out the videos here:last_img read more

Former SC judge Amirul Kabir no more

first_imgAmirul Kabir Chowdhury. File photoFormer chairman of National Human Rights Commission and retired Supreme Court judge Amirul Kabir Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday evening. He was 78.The retired Appallate Division judge, Amirul Kabir, was admitted to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital due to old-age complications on 25 March, said his son-in-law Rajib Ahmed.Amirul Kabir was survived by a son and two daughters.His first namaz-e-janaza is scheduled to be held on Eidgah Mosque premises on Tuesday night.His last namaz-e-janaza will be held at Chandgaon residential area mosque in Chattogram after Zuhr prayers on Wednesday, according to family members.He will be buried there.last_img read more

CEC justifies police actions on opposition

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said the police are not arresting anyone without any reason.He added that the law enforcement officials is not either going beyond the directives of the election commission as they are now under his commission’s control.”The police obey our directives. They arrest no one without any reason going beyond our directives,” he told reporters replying to a question at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies have alleged filing of fictitious cases and arrest of its thousands of leaders and activists and submitted list to the prime minister’s office and also the election commission authorities.The CEC made the remarks after the inaugural session of the EC’s three-day briefing arranged for giving its directives to executive magistrates for preventing the violation of the electoral code of conduct in the upcoming parliamentary elections.The first day’s briefing started at 10am with the participation of executive magistrates deployed in election duty in 18 districts.”The commission has given directives to the police. The police have also made commitments to us. They’re working accordingly,” he said.In reply to a question, Nurul Huda said the government does not give any directive to the commission over the election.”There’s no directive from the government. Rather, our election-related directives are now visible there in the field,” he said.The CEC said now the level-playing field prevails in the country.At the inaugural session, the CEC and four election commissioners — Mahbub Talukder, Shahadat Hossain, Rafiqul Islam and Kabita Khanom — were present.The commission in the three-day briefing will give directives to the executive magistrates over how to conduct drives against and punishing the violation of electoral code of conduct in the 11th national election slated for 30 December.Magistrates from Dhaka, Gopalganj, Cumilla, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Tangail, Faridpur, Manikganj, Kishoreganj, Sherpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Jamalpur, Shariatpur and Narsingdi are there in the first day briefing.On 12 November, the EC directed the public administration ministry to appoint executive magistrates at the field level to check the violation of the electoral code of conduct.The EC asked the ministry to appoint one executive magistrate for every upazila, one for three to four wards of city corporations, one to two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three to four upazilas of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.The commission asked the ministry to keep the magistrates engaged in the election duty till the next day of election (31 December).Besides, the commission will deploy more executive magistrates and judicial magistrates on large scale a few days before the general election.last_img read more

Viqarunnisa closed amid growing student protests

first_imgStudents take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamThe authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College suspended the classes and examinations (from class I to XII) in all branches for an indefinite period amid growing protests of students and guardians over the suicide of a student named Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Mustari Sultana, a sociology teacher and a representative of teachers to the school governing body, said all the activities of the educational institution will remain suspended until further notice.She said the decision has been taken as their students are unable to give attention to their study amid the evolving situation.Responding to a question, Sultana said the school will reopen when the situation will get normal. The students will be informed through mobile SMS, while the guardians will be informed about the exam dates, she added.Students take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamEarlier in the day, the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstrations on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritree.Meanwhile, the probe body, formed by education ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists at his secretariat office.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.last_img read more

AL anxious with managing strategy BNP pins hopes with freshers

first_imgElection campaign of Awami League and BNP candidates. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) began electioneering, with a challenge of how to address party fueds in many constituencies before the 30 December ballot.The AL camp has kept more candidates, especially from major ally Jatiya Party to manoeuvre electoral games in critical constituencies while the BNP is struggling with internal criticism over fielding candidates apart from facing ‘fictitious’ cases. Despite enthusiasm about the elections after securing party symbol sheaf of paddy, the BNP candidates were allegedly facing obstructions in different parts of the country, including the latest case of attack on the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Seeing the opposition in ‘disarray’, the AL camp has allowed Ershad’s Jatiya Party to continue with many candidates outside the alliance and in cases its leaders as rebel candidates. They all are contesting with either JaPa polls symbol plough or as independent candidates.This, ruling party leaders believe, is part of the AL’s strategy to use them if needed and possible or persuade them to pull out of race at the last minute if they threaten the prospects of the AL candidates contesting with boat symbol.However, there are apprehensions among the leaders that such strategy may fail and in that case the party would have to pay a high price.Meanwhile, there is anger and dissatisfaction among many BNP leaders about seat-sharing with allies and choice of the party’s own candidates.The AL still believes the opposition parties including the BNP may eventually boycott the elections on the plea of absence of level-playing field.So, the ruling party gave JaPa the go-ahead to keep its candidates in various constituencies so that the party can emerge as the official opposition party should the BNP alliance pull out of the race.The AL encouraged the religion-based parties to contest with their own party symbols, so that they are not tilted to the opposition camp.The AL camp further wants to exploit the presence of more candidares by appointing more agents in its favour. The AL, if required, wil provide its own leaders and activists as polling agents for JaPa candidates.However, the leaders think the party should take action against any candidate within the coalition, who poses threat to its candidate or the one of the grand alliance.Several leaders of the 14-party alliance and JaPa admitted that many of the parties in the alliance gave nomination to party leaders only to keep them happy.There were also allegations of ‘nomination trade’ against the JaPa leadership and many JaPa leaders were given nomination on that consideration. The JaPa has fielded candidates in 148 constituencies, going outside the AL fold.The AL has endorsed 29 JaPa candidates as those of its alliance. However, the list of candidates of the grand alliance suggests the JaPa has got only 26 seats for contesting the polls.The AL has dearth of confidence in HM Ershad. The AL policymakers believe that JaPa may create trouble in some constituencies and that is why efforts will be made to tame the stronger candidates of JaPa.JaPa candidates in at least 20 constituencies in the northern region and in more 15-20 constituencies throughout the country, have the capacity to challenge the AL candidates, said a senior leader.“HM Ershad can do anything, since he is completely unpredictable,” the leader added.The opposition BNP, however, has raised its hopes by fielding young and new candidates despite some criticism about the policy, party leaders said.New faces constitute one-third of 242 candidates the BNP has fielded in, out of 300 constituencies. The party has shared 58 seats with the 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front partners for the contest.Critics within the party claimed that the BNP has nominated some controversial and weak candidates in some constituencies. They cited the example of nominating Chattogram city leader Abu Sufian in Chittagong-8 dumping former foreign minister and vice chairman of the party M Morshed Khan.There are 89 candidates who never contested the national polls before. Some of these candidates are wives and family members of the BNP leaders who could not participate in the polls for various reasons.Several senior leaders of BNP said dissent over nomination is natural. This time around, the party has issued a special directive to its dedicated leaders at the grassroots to welcome the new faces.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the BNP had to make some unavoidable compromise to accomodate the demands of the 20-party alliance and Oikya Front.“The BNP has nominated more young leaders, women and dedicated leaders from the grassroots this time. I think the nomination has been very good. There are many eligible faces along with the senior leaders,” he added.last_img read more

Strike halts export through Benapole port

first_imgMap of BenapoleExport through Benapole land port remained suspended since Wednesday morning as workers went on strike protesting harassment on them by the members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), reports UNB.Hundreds of goods-laden trucks remained stranded in the port area creating around one-kilometer gridlock till filing of this reports around 2:30pm.Rahman Kalu, publicity secretary of Benepole-Jhikargacha Truck Workers’ Union, alleged that some members of BSF used to torture Bangladeshi truckers at Petropole of India and even they confine them to the shed.As a result, the workers have to pass time without food, said the publicity secretary adding that the BSF men even physically assault them when they try to come out to have food.The export suspension, however, did not affect passenger movement and loading and unloading activities inside the port area.Azizur Rahman, taxation officer of Petrapole Land Check Post, said goods export from Bangladesh remained suspended since morning but the import activities are continuing as usual.last_img read more

Khashoggi murder outcry threatens USSaudi ties

first_imgSaudi Arabia`s consulate is pictured from a skyscraper in Istanbul`s Levent district, Turkey on 10 October 2018. Reuters File PhotoThe outcry in the United States demonising Saudi Arabia over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul threatens US-Saudi strategic ties, the former Saudi intelligence minister warned on Wednesday.”We value our strategic relationship with the United States and hope to sustain it. We hope the United States reciprocates in kind,” royal family member Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud said in an address to the National Council on US-Arab Relations, a non-profit advocacy organisation.Turki, to whom Khashoggi once served as an adviser, has also served as an ambassador to London and Washington. His speech denouncing what he called “the demonisation of Saudi Arabia” clearly carried Riyadh’s imprimatur, as he heads an Islamic research center named after his father, the late King Faisal.Turki’s address came after Istanbul’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday said that Khashoggi was suffocated in a premeditated killing and his body was then dismembered.Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States, wrote columns for the Washington Post critical of the kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Some US lawmakers have accused the crown prince of ordering Khashoggi’s death – a charge that Riyadh denies – and threatened sanctions. US commentators have strongly condemned the kingdom.Recalling that more than 70 years of US-Saudi ties survived previous crises, Turki said, “Nowadays, this relationship is once again threatened.””The tragic and unjustified” slaying of Khashoggi “is the theme of today’s onslaught and demonisation of Saudi Arabia in the same fashion as the previous crises. The intensity and gleefulness of it is equally unfair,” he said. “Subjecting our relationship to this issue is not healthy at all.”Turki reiterated that the kingdom is committed to bringing to justice those responsible for Khashoggi’s murder “and whoever else failed to uphold the law.”The Trump administration is demanding full accountability from Riyadh in Khashoggi’s death. In what it called a first step, it revoked the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the slaying.The US-Saudi relationship “is too big to fail,” Turki said.Those ties, he noted, transcend oil production, trade, arms sales and investment to cooperation on Middle East peace efforts, stabilising oil markets, fighting extremism and containing Iran, the kingdom’s main regional foe.last_img

Houston Mayor Says Hes Ready To Sue Over Sanctuary City Law

first_img Share Listen X Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made his comments on SB 4 after giving the annual State of Mobility address before the Transportation Advocacy Group.Mayor Turner says he believes the law known as SB 4 isn’t about sanctuary cities but more about racial and ethnic profiling. Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio have already announced they’re suing over the law and Turner says he’s also ready to go to court.  He says SB 4 would take away too much discretion from Houston police. “Well the reality is when people fear that law enforcement officers may be asking them about their documentation or their legal status,” says Turner,  “They may be less willing to report crimes.”Instead of making the city safer Turner fears the law would have the opposite effect. “We see what’s happening all over the globe,” adds Turner. “Terroristic activities that are taking place. Information is critical and you don’t want anything put in place that will lessen access to information for law enforcement.”Turner must now seek City Council approval to move ahead with the lawsuit. That’s expected later this month. In a tweet, Turner urged council members to agree to the lawsuit. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:03last_img read more

Dance drama and some more

first_imgThough feminism came much later in the last century the emotions have always been there in pervasive and prevalent form. In the performance of artiste Dimple Kaur, we can see the dreams and longing for love, which is beyond the realms of time and society and the practical reality of the dream, marriage which was beautifully captures in the poem Kuvanri (The Virgin) and is interpreted by the dancer in today’s manifestations of domestic abuse and marital rapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The psychological numbness and quietness is portrayed in the poem titled Chup, followed by the poem titled Mere Dost. Ae Mere Ajnabi is poem of hopefulness and yet the transitory nature of love and relationships. The cycle of love and pain continues as the longing intensifies. The next poem is about the undying spirit of the women Suraj Nu Sare Khoon Maaf Han and yet she says ‘I will meet you yet again…’ and I am Swatantra Rooh (A liberated soul). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKaur is a performing Indian Classical dancer practicing Bhaartanatyam and VilasiniNatyam dance forms. The artiste commented, ‘This is my unique attempt to bring out in a contemporary form the possibilities and emotions that can be stirred with Punjabi language and I sincerely hope and believe that this will be appreciated by the audience and it will also provide them with an opportunity to experience art and its manifestations in new language.’When: Today Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate Ticket Price:  Rs. 500last_img read more

Googles home security system Nest Secures had a hidden microphone Google says

first_imgEarlier this month, Google upgraded its home security and alarm system, Nest Secure to work with its Google Assistant. This meant that Nest Secure customers would be able to perform tasks like asking Google about the weather. The device came with a microphone for this purpose, without it being mentioned on the device’s published specifications. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson got in touch with Business Insider and told them that the miss was an “error” on their part. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. Further, the Nest team added that the microphone has “never been on” and is activated only when users specifically enable the option. As an explanation as to why the microphone was installed in the devices, the team said that it was in order to support future features “such as the ability to detect broken glass.” Before sending over an official statement to Business Insider, the Nest team replied to a similar concern from a user on Twitter, in early February. Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, has expressed strong sentiments regarding this news on Twitter Users have even accused Google of “pretending the mistake happened” and slammed Google over such an error. Apart from Google, there have also been multiple cases in the past of Amazon Alexa and Google home listening to people’s conversations, thus invading privacy. Earlier this year, a family in Portland, discovered that its Alexa-powered Echo device had recorded their private conversation and sent it to a random person in their contacts list. Google’s so-called “error” can lead to a drop in the number of customers buying its home security system as well as a drop in the trust users place  in Google’s products. It is high time Google starts thinking along the line of security standards and integrity maintained in its products. Read Next Amazon’s Ring gave access to its employees to watch live footage of the customers, The Intercept reports Email and names of Amazon customers exposed due to ‘technical error’; number of affected users unknown Google Home and Amazon Alexa can no longer invade your privacy; thanks to Project Alias!last_img read more